Microchip Technology has released the first 10 members of its new high-pincount, high-density memory PIC18F87J10 Flash microcontroller family, which it says doubles the performance in low-voltage applications by delivering up to 10 MIPS at 3 V.
As performance levels among 8-, 16- and 32-bit microcontrollers continue to blur and designs migrate to lower voltages, engineers are looking for cost-effective, peripheral-rich 8-bit microcontrollers with high memory densities and pincounts that help them preserve their legacy 8-bit code and development-tool investments. The PIC18F87J10 family addresses this by providing linear access to up to 128 Kbytes of onboard Flash memory, while remaining code and tool compatible with all PIC18F microcontrollers. In addition, they include nanoWatt Technology for optimal power management, along with two synchronous serial ports (for SPI or I2C) and two asynchronous serial ports (LIN-capable USARTs).
The new PIC18F87J10 microcontrollers are supported by Microchip's development systems, including: MPLAB IDE, MPLAB Visual Device Initialiser, MPLAB C18 optimising C Compiler, Application Maestro software, MPLAB ICD 2, In-Circuit Debugger and MPLAB PM3 Universal Device Programmer.
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